Local center helping injured and orphaned wildlife thrive

Keeper of the Wild

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - For 15 years Keeper of the Wild volunteer Early Mitchum has been caring for sick and injured wildlife.

Mitchum gets help from her handy helper, 12-year-old granddaughter Josie Hulett, who helps her rehabilitate animals and return them to the wild.

"For me I don't like to see anything in pain and I'm willing to help in all circumstances," said Hulett.

Mitchum says the non-profit organization takes in and cares for all different types of wildlife after they are hit by car or attacked by another animal.

Unfortunately, Mitchum says the number of animals the center sees is increasing due to the lack of habitats.

"With all of the construction going on and new development, we are seeing more and more displaced," Mitchum said.

The organization and Mitchum's home gives round the clock care to the animals and fills up fast.

Mitchum often cares for the animals using her own money and funds people donated to the program.

To keep costs down, Mitchum uses old fashioned remedies that have been proven to work wonders for the animals she cares for.

She says household items like honey and sugar do the trick healing deep cuts and wounds.

"It is great and within 3 or 4 days it's amazing how it heals," Mitchum said.

Other natural remedies like lavender is used to spray on the blankets and calm the animals nerves, and corn starch is used to dry out areas of the skin that need it.

Granddaughter Josie says while many people see these animals as a nuisance, they actually are vital to our ecosystem.

"Wildlife has a purpose of being here and you cannot mess with that. It makes me feel good that I helped them live on with their lives", said 12-year-old Hulett.

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